It is paramount safety measures are put in place in all spheres of life, including the aviation industry to ensure longevity. So far so good, the government of Kenya has keyed into this and has seen FlightSafety International signing an agreement with Kenya Airways and Jambojet to install a full flight simulator for the Dash 8-400 aircraft in Kenya.
This will be FlightSafety’s first installation of a full flight simulator for the aircraft in Africa. Dash 8-400 aircraft are manufactured by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.
The new FlightSafety FS1000 simulator will be used by Jambojet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kenya Airways, to train and educate their pilots. Other airlines in Africa will also be using the FS1000 stimulator alongside FlightSafety to provide instructor-led courses. The simulator which will be installed at the Kenya Airways Pride Center in Nairobi, will be qualified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority after the installation.
“FlightSafety is pleased to be working with Kenya Airways and Jambojet to bring a full flight simulator for the De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft to Kenya,” stated Steve Gross, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing of FlightSafety. “Jambojet and other airlines that operate the aircraft will benefit from having local access to the simulator. It will help to increase proficiency by enabling pilots to train more often and reduce overall training costs,” Steve Gross further said.
“De Havilland Canada applauds FlightSafety International, Kenya Airways and Jambojet on this agreement to position a full flight simulator for the Dash 8-400 aircraft in Nairobi to support high-quality crew training in the region. This development is a testament to the growing size of the fleet, and the Dash 8-400 aircraft’s flexibility to meet diverse operating environments in Africa and the Middle East.” said Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.